“Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium” — Retrospective at LACMA and the Getty

Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989): Poppy, 1988. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Getty Research Institute Collection. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

“I am obsessed with beauty…” (Robert Mapplethorpe)


Retrospective; “Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium”
March 15, 2016 – July 31, 2016
Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium is a major retrospective drawn from a 2011 joint acquisition of  the artist’s massive archives by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Presented simultaneously at both museums, the show features highlights from the 2011 joint acquisition. Later in 2016, the entire show will merge and travel to Montreal, then Sydney.

Of leather and lilies, whips and tulips — rough, raw, dark, sexual, pristine, sublime —  the controversial Robert Mapplethorpe strove for “perfection in form,” whether in his visual explorations of the sadomasochistic underground, or his equally charged floral works. A man driven and perhaps consumed by his passions, his work always stirs…

— Jules Cavanaugh

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Perfection in a photo.